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GM US Feb sales could gain from Toyota issues-exec

* GM may have opportunity to attract Toyota customers

* GM could see some U.S. sales gains in February

CHICAGO, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp's 7203.T problems did not drive a General Motors Co [GM.UL] January U.S. sales increase, but GM could see some gains in February, GM North America's president Mark Reuss said on Wednesday.

Reuss said U.S. auto industry sales would be down overall as a result of the Toyota recall, even as other automakers like GM gain some Toyota customers.

“There may be an opportunity for us to get some consideration from folks that we didn’t get before,” Reuss told reporters on the sidelines of the Chicago Auto Show.

Toyota said it lost about 20,000 U.S. sales last month due to its unprecedented sales halt for the last week of January.

The suspension of sales followed Toyota’s recall of 2.3 million vehicles due to the risk of accelerator pedals sticking.

The January recall covered many of Toyota’s best-selling vehicles, including the Camry and Corolla. On Tuesday, Toyota recalled more than 400,000 hybrid models worldwide, including the 2010 version of its iconic Prius.

“The timing of what we did in January has nothing to do with the rest of the industry’s turmoil. We earned that,” Reuss said of a 14 percent U.S. sales increase. “You’ll see the effect (of Toyota’s recall) in the February activity.”

Reuss said he did not have data suggesting the Toyota recall was supporting GM at this point. (Reporting by Ben Klayman, Writing by David Bailey)

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